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Longstanding Venice Restaurant Canal Club Caught Fire Over the Weekend

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Plus Hotville Chicken’s next move and an expansion in Hollywood

Canal Club, Venice
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Almost up in smoke

Long-running Venice restaurant Canal Club had a bit of a setback over the weekend, when a fire kicked up in the ceiling of the place. It all apparently started in the flue, with smoke pouring out from the top of the building on Saturday evening.

Luckily the fire seems to have been caught relatively quickly, meaning the restaurant is should be fine to resume business after they complete some important work to fix things up. A post on the Canal Club Facebook page does not offer a timeline for return, but does say that staff and ownership “look forward to opening very soon.”

More seats

Popular strip mall gem Papilles has added room for roughly half-a-dozen more diners thanks to an elevated bit of counter. The stools will be reserved for walk-ins only, and offers quite a close glimpse into the open kitchen.

Small remodel added 5 bar seats! For walk-ins ;). Remodel and : @boltactiongc

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Ten years of Food

Pico Boulevard mainstay Food is turning ten years old on September 15. To celebrate, the place will be doing $5 sandwiches all day long, and free coffee or a cookie with any $10 purchase.

Hotville Chicken for dinner, for now

Hotville Chicken may have left its Chinatown pop-up location, but that won’t stop owner Kim Prince from cooking. Instead she’s doing a series of rotating Feastly dinners starting on October 3 — and that one carries a $35 price tag and a taco theme.

The morning goods

Downtown’s Barcito has expanded into breakfast hours during the week, starting at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. They only just kicked off full lunch hours earlier this summer, so it’s nice to see the restaurant push even further into the sort of all-day service the South Park neighborhood increasingly needs.